London-based practice GMW Architects has been shortlisted in the competition to design the new terminal at Hedong Airport in Yinchuan, China.
The proposed 30,000m 2
building, which will help cater for the rapid growth in Chinese domestic air travel, is scheduled to open in 2007.
Because the city of Yinchuan is known as the mythological home of the phoenix, GMW's airport has been designed to mimic the shape of the bird.
Covered in a smooth, silver skin of metal panels, the frame beneath will be supported by a series of tubular-steel structural trees - dubbed 'phoenix trees' - which will create a large column-free interior.
GMW's plans also include a single longitudinal pier with six contact gates, four remote stands and one cargo stand, which will increase the current apron area by more than 55,000m 2
.by Richard Waite